Pastor Tim Romero
2 Samuel 1:11-12
2 Samuel 1:11–12 (ESV): "11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword."
Dealing with the death of loved ones is perhaps the most difficult part of life. However, those who belong to God don't mourn as people who have no hope (1 Thess 4:13) because God has given us victory over the grave through His Son and all who trust in Him are eternally secure. Praise God!
After David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, he was in Ziklag for two days when a young man approached him with torn clothes and dirt on his head. He fell before David and told him that Saul and his sons were dead, including Jonathan whom David loved. David's response was mourning, weeping and fasting.
The death of those whom we love seems so permanent but death is just the delivery vessel God uses to bring us into eternity. The moment we die our spirit returns to the Lord (Ecc 12:7). Everyone is eternal. That is why it's so important to share the Gospel with everyone. For those know the Lord, they are immediately ushered into the arms of Jesus. He satisfied the wages of our sin so that we could forever be with the Lord. No more pain, no more sorrow, no more heartache, only peace, and perfection. This is why when believers die it is precious to God (Ps 116:15) because He is returning them to the original state of perfection. And that is why we don't mourn as people who have no hope.
Jesus came to conquer sin and death for us. By faith, we obtain the gift of eternal life with Him. And although we will miss our loved ones dearly, if they know the Lord they are in a great place. David mourned and wept and fasted, that is still part of the process, but he didn't do it as someone who had no hope. He knew that God was incredibly gracious and that made all the difference in the world.
When dealing with the loss of loved ones just remember, God is far more gracious and loving than we can imagine. Press into Him and let His healing hand console your hurting heart. He is enough for us.
Father, we thank You for the comfort and peace that You provide in the most difficult of times. We don't know the heart of our loved ones but we know Your heart for all people. Thank You for reconciliation through Your Son Jesus. He is our healing and hope. Remind us of this that we might be on mission daily to help those who will one day return to You have an opportunity to be reconciled. We commit our hearts and lives to You alone we pray on Jesus's name, amen.